Last week we brought the recent equine herpes outbreak in the UK to the attention of horse owners on our Facebook page. That post is repeated on our main website, below the following Equine Herpes Factsheet (courtesy of the Horse Race Betting Levy Board) providing more information on this disease:
For your convenience there follows a repeat of our equine herpes outbreak announcement post last week on Facebook.com/nixonequinevetconsultancy
EQUINE HERPES OUTBREAK: Attention to horse owners. Last Friday the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket confirmed three cases of neurological Equine Herpes virus (EHV) in horses in the west of England in a hunting yard. Two further cases are under investigation.
EHV is highly contagious disease specific to horses. It most commonly presents as respiratory signs (coughing, nasal discharge, fever) but can also develop into a neurological type (wobbly hind legs, urine dribbling, lying down & unable to stand) or a reproductive type (causing infertility and abortions).
For those involved in equine activities the weekend of 8-10 February 2013, for current disease status please phone Jane Nixon on 07713 342416 on Thursday (7/2/13) or Friday (8/2/13) evening.
I advise that owners, particularly those who have been involved in recent hunting activity to be observant for any of the above signs, and if you are at all concerned please ring me.